About Ron Galperin

Ron Galperin serves as Controller of the City of Los Angeles ­­ working as the watchdog for L.A.'s taxpayers. Controller Galperin oversees a team conducting independent audits, managing the City's payroll and disbursements, preparing reports on the City’s finances, pursuing waste and fraud, and creating a more transparent and accountable city. He was first elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017.

Leading a Data Revolution 

As Controller of the second most populous city in the U.S., Galperin launched ControlPanel.LA, the City’s first open data portal ­­ featuring the City’s checkbook, details on the goods and services the City buys, assets and liabilities, employee compensation, operating indicators and much more. Because of these efforts, L.A. was named the Number 1 Digital City in the U.S. according to the U.S. City Open Data Census. Government Technology Magazine named Controller Galperin to its list of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.

Results ­Oriented Audits

Under Galperin’s leadership, the Controller’s office has issued numerous financial and performance audits and reports focused on improving the efficiency and accountability of City government ­­ and on delivering quality City services. Audits and reports by the Controller have helped to improve street services, police staffing, funding for the arts, workers’ compensation costs, airport operations, and the Department of Water & Power – the nation’s largest municipally owned utility.


Prior to his being elected as Controller, Galperin built a reputation as a leading voice for government reform – and he is the first Neighborhood Council member elected to city­wide office in Los Angeles. Controller Galperin has also long promoted cutting waste and developing programs to help businesses create jobs. As Chair of the Los Angeles Commission on Revenue Efficiency, he worked to develop new revenue sources and budget savings to deliver more services to residents and businesses. He also served as President of the City's Quality & Productivity Commission. 

Galperin has had more than twenty years of experience as an attorney and business owner. He earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Galperin is the son of immigrant parents and lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Rabbi Zachary Shapiro.

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